Review: 2013 Ford Explorer

The 2013 Ford Explorer is one of the largest of Ford’s SUV lineup. It’s still one of the best 3 row SUVs and also provides great fuel economy and better technology.

The Explorer gets an incredible 28 MPG on the highway, powered by the 2.0L EcoBoost 1-4 engine. If you’re looking to tow your boat, you may want to jump to the 3.5L V6 engine. The 3.5 Liter has 290 hp, along with 255 lb-ft of torque and still gets up to 24 MPG on the highway. Many Explorer drivers tell us it is their favorite for towing the boat to Lake Erie over the summer.

Watch Our video: 2013 Ford Explorer Walkaround



Like with all Ford products, the 2013 Ford Explorer has a wide array of standard and available additional technology that makes driving safer and easier.

Ford offers many safety technologies, including BLIS — Blined Spot Information System. When you’re changing lanes, the Explorer uses sensors that can detect vehicles in your blind sport. A light will illuminate on the side mirror which alerts you to the vehicle in your blind spot, so you stay safe. Also available is a Lane-Keeping System that warns you of unintentional lane departure.

The Explorer also comes with an available foot power liftgate. Like you’ve seen on the 2013 Ford Escape, you can open your liftgate on the 2013 Ford Explorer by swiping your feet under the liftgate. So now when your hands are full, you can still easily open the trunk without the traditional strain.

The Explorer also comes with Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch. This is a voice activated technology which includes hands free calling, Bluetooth audio, and it will even read your incoming text messages.

The Explorer also has an available navigation system and rear backup camera.


No road is too tough to tame with the available Terrain Management System on the 2013 Ford Explorer. With one dial near the shifter, you pick how you need your Explorer to travel. Terrain management system helps you control the Explorer in: Mud, Snow, Gravel, Grass, Sand, Normal, Hill Descent Control.

The 2013 Ford Explorer was named a 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick.



With solid on-road dynamics, decent fuel efficiency and an accommodating, high-class cabin, the 2013 Ford Explorer is a top pick for a large crossover SUV.


If you’re seeking the room and versatility of a big SUV, but don’t like the idea of a poor-handling, fuel-thirsty land barge that’s nearly impossible to park, Ford’s 2013 Explorer deserves a good look. Additionally, the Explorer has a beautifully-designed interior and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

Consumer Guide

“Explorer is a very nice 7-passenger crossover that, unfortunately, is in competition with a lot of other very nice 7-passenger crossovers. It’s both competent on-road and more capable off-road than most in this class.”

Motor Trend

“If you’re looking for a quiet, relatively comfortable three-row midsize SUV with gadgets galore, and aren’t fixated on having a status vehicle in your driveway, the Explorer Limited packs a lot of goodies at a relatively reasonable price. Just don’t expect an out-of-the-ordinary driving experience.”

The 2013 Ford Explorer is here at George Waikem Ford, and we’re ready to show you why this is such a safe vehicle. Schedule your test and view our inventory.

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About Jeff Russ

Lead blogger and content writer for the Waikem Auto Family in Massillon, Ohio. Product specialist in Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi models. 2008 Graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Married to wife Christina. Resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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